WELCOME BACK: Malaysia Greets first VTL arrivals from Singapore

JOHOR BARU – The first batch of land vaccinated travel lane (VTL) passengers from Singapore arrived in Johor Baru on Monday morning (Nov 29) amid fanfare, relief and joy.

The first VTL bus – which was filled to capacity – arrived at the Larkin terminal in Johor Baru at 9.15am. In Kuala Lumpur, the first VTL flight from Singapore, Singapore Airlines Flight SQ108, with 240 passengers on board landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 9.20am.

Some of the passengers wanted to surprise their family members after returning for the first time in 20 months as the pandemic has greatly altered their lives.

The much-anticipated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) by land and air between Malaysia and Singapore is a framework to facilitate two-way travel by individuals who have received a full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine. 2 Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers from one country may enter the other country without quarantine, subject to COVID-19 testing and further notice.

The new land VTL will allow about 3,000 fully vaccinated people to cross the Causeway from each side each day. The number will be reviewed weekly and may be increased. Travellers will have to take designated buses and cannot drive or walk across like before. Each side will provide 32 bus services taking up to 45 passengers each time.

Passengers will need to undergo an on-arrival Covid-19 test before they are released.

Travellers who use the VTL (Land) to enter Singapore can only return to Malaysia if they meet the entry requirements as follows:

• Malaysia Citizen, Malaysia Permanent Resident, or holder of a Malaysia Long-Term Pass;

• Fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the Malaysia Ministry of Health;

• Holds a proof of vaccination accepted by the Government of Malaysia;

• Remains in Singapore and/or Malaysia for the last 14 consecutive days before departing for Malaysia; and

• Arrives in Malaysia on a designated VTL (Land) bus service.

For more details, travellers can consult the relevant authorities in Malaysia.



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